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Bob Edwards Weekend

October 2010


October 2-3, 2010



Over the past year, the Tea Party has increased in both size and visibility, making it the wildcard in next month’s mid-term elections. Tea Party candidates have beaten establishment-backed Republicans in a number of recent primaries, but how will those candidates do in November? Kate Zernike is a New York Times reporter who has been covering the Tea Party and has recently written the first definitive account of what she says is a vastly misunderstood movement. It’s titled Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America.


Along with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick co-wrote and co-directed The Tenth Inning which picks up where their 1994 series Baseball left off.  The Tenth Inning is a two-part, four-hour look at the national pastime from the early 1990s to the present day, including the players’ strike, steroid scandals, and Major League Baseball’s skyrocketing profits.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay ofHillary Salans Kambour.  She grew up in San Francisco as a Giants fan, and now lives in Miami, where she also roots for the Florida Marlins.




Patrick Hennessey graduated from Oxford with a degree in English, and then joined the British Army in 2004.  The Junior Officer’s Reading Club was formed by Hennessey and his friends to discuss books, music, and culture between battles.  That’s also the title of his memoir in which he shares his stories as a member of the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and reflects on the progress of those wars since he left the military. 

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s new film Howl follows the obscenity trial brought by California against poet, publisher, and bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti, portrayed by Andrew Rogers.  Actor James Franco plays the young Allen Ginsberg who, along with Ferlinghetti, fights to defend his work that became the anthem of the Beat generation.


October 9-10, 2010



October 16-17, 2010


Continuing our series “Shhhh… Libraries at Work!” today’s program focuses on how libraries—and reading—can enact change in the lives of patrons and readers, even when change is difficult.  Glennor Shirley is the Library Coordinator for the Maryland Correctional Education Libraries and organizes prison book clubs, family literacy programs, and author visits for the thousands of prisoners living in the Maryland State penitentiary system.  Then, we’ll examine an alternative sentencing program in Fairfax County, Virginia, where offenders report to the local library instead of the local jail.  Facilitator Katie Strotman joins Bob to discuss Changing Lives through Literature.

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Joe Reagan.  He is the president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the chamber of commerce and economic development organization in metro Louisville, Kentucky. Reagan previously served as an executive with the Rockford, Illinois chamber of commerce, and worked in marketing and radio broadcasting. 



Every year, it’s estimated that 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school.  At that point, the young adults without social security numbers aren’t able to work and most aren’t able to pursue college.  In Papers: Stories of Undocumented YouthAnne Galinsky chronicles the lives of these young people and their struggle to get authorized to live in the country they call home. 

Isabel Castillo graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, but her prospects for a career in social work have ground to a halt.   Castillo doesn’t have a social security number because her parents crossed the border and brought her to Harrisonburg, Virginia from Mexico when she was six years old.  Bob visited the community to talk with Castillo, her friends, and teachers to discuss why they support the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act), which would help place such young students on a path to citizenship.


October 23-24, 2010 


We continue our new series by focusing on that dwindling but important institution, the school library.  Although many studies show that students with access to a full-time, fully-staffed school library perform much better academically, school librarians across the country are getting the axe.  We’ll visit a middle school in Laurel, MD where the librarian is pulling out all the stops to get students reading.  Gwenyth Jones has turned her library into the coolest place in school by using technology and even television to get kids interested in reading and learning.  Then, Keith Curry Lance studies the impact school libraries and librarians have on student achievement.  Lance is the founder and director of the Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the contemporary essay of Carol Besse.  She is the co-owner of Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, which was named Publisher’s Weekly bookseller of the year in 2009. Besse believes in revolution and finds it hard to understand why more Americans aren’t marching in the streets to protest a variety of wrongs being committed in our name.




Filmmaker Charles Ferguson’s documentary Inside Job gets behind the scenes of the economic crisis of 2008.  Through interviews with politicians, journalists, and the movers and shakers of the financial world, Ferguson pieced together what caused the global financial meltdown.


David Rakoff is a freelance journalist, a regular contributor to PRI’s This American Life and a successful writer. His latest book of essays is titled Half Empty which Rakoff says looks at “the positive side of pessimism.” 


October 30-31, 2010 




We conclude our series “Shhhh… Libraries at Work!” by exploring the library’s role in society.  The trend to privatize public libraries is growing but when it happens, communities often fight back.  We’ll talk toStephen Klein and Jackie Griffin, two librarians who are fighting to keep their counties from outsourcing their public libraries.  Then, we talk with Barbara Jones, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  The OIF tracks formal requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content.


In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Robin Mize.  She’s a licensed marriage and family therapist who works with individuals, couples and groups. In her essay, Mize writes about learning to respect differences in political opinions, saying she is uncomfortable with the mob mentality of marches and protests.




This spring we produced a documentary called Kansas to Kandahar about the training of one Human Terrain Team before their deployment to Afghanistan.  Now we’ll hear how their training prepared the team for deployment and its mission of helping military commanders there better understand the local population. AF7 team leader John Foldberg and team members Jared Davidson and Kristin Post join Bob for an update. 


Bob talks with Washington Post columnist David Broder about his long and storied journalism career which began during the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s.  Broder has covered every presidential campaign since the 1960 race between Kennedy and Nixon.